Jailed Protesters on Hunger Strike in Yemen

On many instances from the beginning of the Yemen uprising, rights groups such as HOOD the most prominent Yemeni human right organization, have accused Saleh’s government of illegally detaining protesters and activists, stressing that several eye-witnesses had reported streets and homes abductions of several dozens men and women over the past few months.

The most shocking case of mass arrests actually took place two weeks in al-Qaa garden, north of the capital, Sana’a, when a march of protesters was surrounded on all sides by the Central Security forces and some armed thugs loyal to the regime. According to HOOD some 500 protesters on that day, amongst whom at least 11 women were kidnapped and taken to unknown locations.

Despite right activists’ many efforts and renewed appeals, the international community has so far failed to react or even condemn this state of affair in Yemen, preferring to concentrate its efforts on finding a political solution to what it calls the “Yemeni crisis”.
Abandoned and alone, a group of imprisoned protesters decided they had no other choice but to start a hunger strike to denounce the chronic injustices inflicted upon innocent civilians in Yemen. Their fight for Freedom and Justice began on October 22sd 2011.

The protesters managed last week to pass on a hand written letter to the outside, decrying their conditions and urging people to let HOOD know of their situation as well as the Media and the press.
“We are being held prisoners in the capital’s Central Security prison as reported by many Media, such as Al-Jazeera and Suhail TV and well-known newspapers.
We are announcing the beginning of our hunger strike as we wish to denounce the illegality and baseless grounds upon which we were arrested. Please deliver this message with the utmost speed,” read the letter.

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